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2019 Graduates

Anna Doloman

Anna Doloman, PhD

Position:
Post-doctoral Researcher

Company:
Utah State University

Major Advisor:
Charles Miller

Dissertation:
Optimization of Biogas Production by Use of a Microbially Enhanced Inoculum

Farhad Farjood

Farhad Farjood, PhD

Position:
Post-doctoral Researcher

Company:
Neural Stem Cell Institute

Major Advisor:
Elizabeth Vargis

Dissertation:
Effect of Physical Stimuli on Angiogenic Factor Expression in Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells


2018 Graduates

Richard Decker

Richard E. Decker Jr., PhD

Position:
Post-doctoral Research Associate

Company:
Purdue University

Major Advisors:
Randolph Lewis, Ronald Sims

Dissertation:
Production and Biocompatibility of Spider Silk Proteins in Goat Milk

Danielle Gaztambide

Danielle A. Gaztambide MS

Position:
Research and Development

Company:
BioFire Defense

Major Advisors:
Randolph Lewis

Thesis:
Production and Purification of Synthetic Minor Ampullate Silk Proteins

Cynthia Hanson

Cynthia Hanson, PhD

Position:
Research Assistant and
SolidWorks Instructor

Company:
Utah State University

Major Advisor:
Elizabeth Vargis

Dissertation:
The Use of Microfluidics and Dielectrophoresis for Separation, Concentration, and Identification of Bacteria

Thomas Harris

Thomas I. Harris, PhD

Nathan Hebert

Nathan L. Hebert, MS

Position:
Graduate Position

Company:
Glanbia Nutritionals

Major Advisor: Randolph Lewis

Thesis:
Novel Methods to Produce Large Recombinant Spider Silk Proteins via Polymerization

Hossein Jahromi

Hossein Jahromi, PhD

Position:
Post-doctoral Fellow

Company:
Auburn University

Major Advisor:
Foster Agblevor

Dissertation:
Hydrodeoxygenation of Pinyon-Juniper Catalytic Pyrolysis Oil

Benjamin Peterson

Benjamin L. Peterson, MS

Jefferson A. Pontsler

Jefferson A. Pontsler, MS

Abul Giasuddin

Abul Bashar Mohammad Giasuddin, PhD

Position:
Senior Scientist

Company:
Evonik Corporation

Major Advisor: David Britt

Dissertation:
Silane Modulation of Protein Conformation and Self-Assembly

Chad Nielsen

Chad L. Nielsen, MS

Position:
HTS Technician

Company:
Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Major Advisor:
Charles Miller

Thesis:
Investigations of Polyhydroxyalkanoate Secretion and Production Using Sustainable Carbon Sources

Jon Wood

Jonathan L. Wood, MS

Fuchao Xu

Fuchao Xu, PhD

Position:
Research Associate

Company:
Covance

Major Advisor:
Jixun Zhan

Dissertation:
Identification and Engineering of Nonribosomal Peptide Biosynthetic Systems

2017 Graduates

Zachary Fica

Zachary T. Fica, MS

Alan Hodges

Alan J. Hodges, MS

Position:
MD/PhD Student

Company:
Texas A&M University

Major Advisor:
Charles Miller

Thesis:
Alternative Treatment Technologies for Low-Cost Industrial and Municipal Wastewater Management

Jason Peterson

Jason J. Peterson, MS

Position:
Product Test Engineer

Company:
Campbell Scientific, Inc. 

Major Advisor:
Ronald Sims

Thesis:
Anaerobic Digestion of Wastewater: Effects of Inoculants and Nutrient Management on Biomethane Production and Treatment

Lei Sun

Lei Sun, PhD

Company: Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine

Major Advisor:
Jixun Zhan

Dissertation:
Investigation and Engineering of Polyketide Biosynthetic Pathways

2016 Graduates

Randy Santos

Randy Santos, MS

Position:
Design Engineer

Company:
Compañía Operadora del Agua Tecca

Major Advisor:
Foster Agblevor

Thesis:
Catalytic Pyrolysis of Poly Vinyl Chloride as a Viable Way of Waster Management